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Suprema - Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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39 Reviews

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 26.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd visit their website
El Salvador

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2002

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 74
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and grain. Taste is much the same with a corn flake flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but pretty basic.

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Photo of metter98
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of musty grapes in the nose—similar to what you would smell next to a wild grape vine in the late summer.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of musty grapes and hints of malts. A very slight amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite good compared to other beers in the style. I definitely found the grape flavors to be quite interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer tends to impress me with a clean flavored, light bodied character. Opens up with a lemon-zest aroma, backed up with funky notes that hinge on skunkiness and earthiness. The flavors are less deterant, with a focus on fresh lemon grass and orange rinds, a mild malt / grain sweetness balances out the citrus. A mild grassy hop bitterness and flavor dominate late, and tend to cleans the palate. The feel is overcarbonated, which mutes the flavors considerably and lightens a lot into the finish. Certainly a refreshing south-of-the-boarder type brew, but hardly quality drinking.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.15/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a super yellow color lager with a nice pure white foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes is quite bland overall. Taste is also quite bland with some light adjunct notes and very little else to report. Body is light with good carbonation. Very bland offering overall but kind of does the job under the (very) hot Salvador sun.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Decidedly clear body, faint pale golden hue with a decent-looking, airy, white head. Minute lacing on the way down.

Smell: A tad sweetish in the nose, some lackluster graininess, a mice-tear worth of uningratiating acetone, and a small serving of chilled creamed corn.

Taste: Mildly grainy with a sweet pop of light corn syrup. Ultra faint herbaceous hops, near nil bitterness, but, then, a trace of chemically astringency that holds firm until the sweetish, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Sometimes you luck out with a simple and innocuously inoffensive pale lager, but, sometimes it's kinda icky, as is the case with Suprema.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Suprema is your basic Latin-American golden lager with a bit more malt and hop character than an American macro, but less than most European versions offer. It's crystal-clear golden body is capped by a frothy head of bright-white foam that slowly receeds to a wide, creamy collar and lacy surface covering. It leaves some nice lacing at the outset but reduces to just spottiness beyond that. The nose is clean, somewhat grainy, somewhat lemonish, and a touch floral. The body is light and it's very fine, moderate carbonation leaves it gently crisp and then smooth in the mouth. The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of lightly grainy malt and grassy/floral hops backed by a firm bitterness that ushers in a dry finish. It's refreshing and well-made but somewhat limited in character.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden hue with a wonderful white lace that leaves several sticky rings as the beer goes down.

Smell: Lemony and grainy ... clean in the nose.

Taste: Light to medium in body, smooth yet the carbonation goes hand and hand to leave a mildly coarse bite. Dryish on the palate with hints of alcohol and lots of grain flavour for the 6-row malt. Hops stay quite assertive throughout giving a tingling sensation all over the mouth. More grain in the finish ... very clean in the end.

Notes: A bit more flavour than "Pilsener" ... a robust pils in comparison to other South American beers. A great match with some breaded & fried flank steak, black beans and rice.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and very straw color with a bright white head that falls down and leaves a pretty thick lacing. The nose is very minor with an almost bitter tone to it. Minor roasted edge. Flavor is sweet. A little bit too much and a tad unbalanced it seems. There also seems to be a bit of an apple tone here as well. A bit thin overall. Feel is decent. Lower carbonation with an okay liquid body. This is drinkable, sure. Doesn't really carry enough punch to make it memorable enough to go back to. But still nice enough to try.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml green bottle {"No Returnable"} served in pint glass.

A - Clear; pale gold color with a white head that rather quickly dissipates to a thin partial coat. Does leave lacing, however. Medium/light carbonation.

S - a bit fruity and wine-like

Tastes better than indicated by aroma. Still some white wine resemblance, but both hops and malt in the mix. Nice finish.

M - light, crisp and smooth, but unremarkable.

D - good, east to drink, thirst-quenching beverage.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (1/8 finger tall) bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of musty malts aromas along with some adjunct malt grains/corns and slightly fruity.

T: The beer is slightly sweet with some adjunct malt notes of grain and corn. Additionally there is some light bitterness from light bodied hops and a light amount of yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: I thought this was a pretty good beer for the style - I enjoyed it and I think that I could probably could have a couple of these. Easy to drink and enjoyable, could be sessionable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a one finger head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: light malt, grass, and hint of bitterness is detectable.

Taste: slightly grainy malt presence with grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness. Well balanced but mild in flavor.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: for the style this one is not half bad. Very easy to quaff and mildly refreshing. Worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing,

The smell featured a light grainy malt with a touch of lemony hops.

The taste consisted of a sweet and musty grain with some flowery hop. A bit of green apple appeared toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was light and relatively clean.

Overall a decent Latin American beer. Certainly better than most.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger white head fades quickly leaving a good lace. Light amber color. Nose has very faint hops. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Starts and finishes slightly hoppy. Good lawn mower beer - not beefy enough when there is snow on the ground. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of illidurit
2.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. A firm pour produces a light gold body with a dense froth atop. Retention and lacing are well above average for a cheap lager. Aroma is grainy with a touch of lemony tartness and the customary adjunct corn syrup note. Flavor is the same but it's actually worse to taste the lemon/corn syrup/grain profile than to smell it. Almost immediately becomes tiresome and is rather reminiscent of lemon lime soda. Body has a little more heft than the run of the mill adjunct lager. Clean aftertaste, nice level of carbonation.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Suprema has a thin-to-medium, white head and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with considerable, stratified lacing left down the glass. The aroma is sweet, lemony, and one gets a bit of malt and stinging hops as well. The flavor is rich, lemony, malty, slightly hoppy, and it even has an odd, cream ale olive oil aspect to it. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Suprema finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and supremely drinkable. This made for a very nice 6 am breakfast beer. Overall, I loved it!


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Photo of beerguy101
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold color. Medium head. A light bodied lager, Mild hops and malts. Malts are slightly sweet; hops are mild and fairly neutral. Smooth taste. Mild and light flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is neutral and slightly sweet. Not much bad or good to say about this beer. A beer beer. Yup add another counrty to my list.

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Photo of armock
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a goldencolor with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet grainy malt very light hops

T - Follows the nose sweet grainy malt finishes nice and clean

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of the better Central American beers out there it has a pretty decent taste thats pretty enjoyable its worth a try sometime

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Photo of Rayek
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into my pilsner glass glass a pale straw color with great clarity and big bubbles. A soapy white cap quickly falls to a broken film. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

There's not a lot going on here. Lightly cooked veggies and not much else. A fizzy super-light body isn't helping. The beer tastes like little more than water mixed with some rice and straw. Bitterness is very, very light and tasteless. Finishes with a metallic flavor and a bit of cooked cabbage.

It's light and flavorless and not much else. A couple of off flavors provided the only interest. This is not a beer worth revisiting.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a green 12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium straw in color and offers a thick soapy white head. Strong retention and lacing for a usually slick style.

Interesting blend on the nose. Grainy malts and some sweet light corn mix with notes of a Euro. Pils, and it's not such a bad combo. actually.

Flavor is smooth and moderate in body. Not too sweet, yet finishes with a clean lightly sweet lemongrass flavor. Richer and fuller in body in the first two thirds of the palate, in fact quite pilsner like up front. Moderate feel overall and good drinkability given that the beer offers enough texture to balance the adjunts.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.97/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was not expecting the massive carbonated head that laces incredibly thick all the way down. This is like a champagne ale without the fruitiness.

slightly toasted grain type taste and smell. hop presence is cheap and bitter. slight skunky afertast and "no" its not spoiled this is an adjunct type crooked taste.

I found this to be offensive to the palate but the appearance was awesome....combine the two and we have a ballgame. For now we have a mercy rule. Dogfood 10 Suprema 0.

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Photo of Drew966
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Suprema pours a golden yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is grainy and mildly sweet. The flavor has some hops in it with a grain backing and on the sweet side. There really isn't any reason to recommend this beer. It's inoffensive in any case.

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Photo of rangerred
1.91/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear light yellow with the tiniest of fizzy heads. Head is quick to fade but ok lacing.

Smell grainy with corn and cooked cabbage. Not very appealing.

Flavor is corn and the same cooked cabbage that was in the smell. Also some grape flavor. The beer is pretty sweet throughout with a tannic bitterness towards the finish.

Glad I got to try a beer from El Salvador but not something I would pick up again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Getting past one of the most horrendous odors I've come across in my travails through the pseudo-pilsners of the world, Suprema tastes and drinks very much like the lot of Latin American light lagers, settling on the lesser end of the spectrum.

The bottle gave a Dec 2010 bottling date, and I could imagine it perhaps being skunked with its green glass - I did, as usual, grab a single from the back of the row, out of direct light. Only, it wasn't quite all skunk that plagued its aroma and flavor. My best guess is that this is brewed with some funky hard water - heavy metals, cruddy lead pipes, and/or some low-quality or staling ingredients.

Basically, it pours with a beautiful, tight, white cottony head, leaving some pretty crystal lace, all atop a crystal clear, sickly yellow-gold hue - fairly standard. But as it's pouring out of the bottle you can smell the acrid stench of chemical/mineral/vegetable sizzling your nose hairs, eyes close to watering. Not as much carries over into the taste, which comes off like watered-down cream corn, lightly musty-funky, with a 1/4 tsp of malty sweetness on the end. I really can't tell if it's hops or ridiculous tannins or what - it feels fairly smooth but pretty fizzy-bitey, bitter, and dry, with a tiny residual film left on the tongue.

Could have been skunked, and I hate to leave it at that, considering its likely better fresh on-tap or mmm from a can. But such experiences like mine here hold weight as well.

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Photo of Sixpoint
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably the best thing about this beer was the head retention. It left a decent webbing of white lace around the glass as I drank it.

My sample poured a weak straw color that was transparent. The aroma was basically nonexistent; just a faint whisper of hops in the background.

The taste was pretty much the same. It was dry, bland, and boring. I can see this beer being refreshing if you were working all day long out in the fields, because it's basically carbonated water with some alcohol. It's drinkable, but most definitely lacking in flavor.

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Photo of Morris729
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden straw color with a foamy white head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is fresh grains and some notes of lemon grass. Light to medium in body and quite clean and crisp. Taste is mostly sweet grains and malt with only a mild amount of hop bitterness towards the end leaving a dry finish. Pretty decent brew for what it is. Pair this with some chips and spicy salsa.

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Suprema from Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.